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Event: Public Lecture on Cyber-Physical and Smart Environments

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Public Lecture on Cyber-Physical and Smart Environments
  • Speaker: Professor Sajal K. Das, Director, Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Location: Nimbus Seminar Room
  • Time: Wednesday 30th January 2013, refreshments at 6pm, lecture at 6.30pm.
  • Please RSVP to as space is limited.


Rapid advancements in smartphones, wireless sensors and mobile communications have led to the development of cyber-physical systems, smart environments, and pervasive computing with important applications in environmental, civilian, military, industry, and government sectors. Sensor networks and smartphones play significant roles in this context as they not only act as effective interface between physical and cyber worlds, but also bring in human social aspects. However, increasing scale and heterogeneity at all levels - users, devices, networking and computing technologies, information and services - implies a high degree of uncertainty in distributed control and operations of pervasive and cyber-physical systems, thereby posing significant challenges in providing desired information quality, assurance, and reliability for intelligent decision making. This is particularly important for applications like smart health care, smart energy management, and pervasive security.

This talk will examine uncertainty-driven unique challenges and opportunities in cyber-physical systems and smart environments, and their inter-winding relationships with pervasive computing and communications. The talk will be concluded with provocative thoughts, open issues and future directions of research.


Dr Sajal K. Das is a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington.

During 2008-2011 he was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems. He is currently an SFI funded E.T.S. Walton Visiting Fellow at CIT, Ireland.

His broad research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, smart environments and cyber-physical systems, security and privacy, cloud computing, social and biological networks.

Dr Das has contributed significantly to these areas, published over 500 papers and 47 book chapters; holds five US patents; and coauthored three books including “Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications” (Wiley, 2005), the first ever book on this topic. He is a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing, IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, and eight Best Paper Awards at prestigious international conference. At UT Arlington, Dr. Das is also a recipient of the Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students, Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award, College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, University Award for Distinguished Record of Research and Academy of Distinguished Scholars Award. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal, and an Associate Editor of multiple journals. He is a founder of several high quality workshops and conferences including IEEE PerCom. He has served as General and Technical Program Chair of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences.

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